Randy Scott Ernst

randy ernst

November 19, 1953 ~ September 21, 2011

Resided in: Asheville, NC

Randy Scott Ernst, 57, of Asheville, passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at Stone Creek Health Care Center after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Randy was born November 19, 1953 in Pontiac, Michigan. He was the son of Jean Spivey Ernst and the late Don D. Ernst of Asheville. In addition to his mother he is survived by his brothers Larry Ernst of Winter Springs, Fla., and Ron Ernst of Jacksonville, Fla. Also survived by a niece and nephew and many close friends who have been supportive during his illness. Randy was a 1972 graduate of Erwin High School and attended UNCA and Western Carolina University. He was a disc jockey for several area radio stations and a 38 year employee of The Fuller Brush Company where he was the regional leader in sales for 8 years. He loved his Fuller Brush customers and served all of Western NC. He was affectionately known as the "Fuller Brush Man". Randy loved music, sports, trivia pursuit, and was a passionate fan of the North Carolina Tarheels. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 25, 2011, at Calvary Baptist Church on Haywood Rd. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elizabeth House, 581 South Allen Rd., Flat Rock, NC 28731.

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  1. Randy and I went to high school together and graduated the same year. I saw him a while ago and we talked a little bit about old times. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a very kind person I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Seeing your picture wells up my eyes and floods my mind with memories…

    …. all your years of struggling and suffering poor health in silence as life dealt you so much adversity….

    .. you were blessed though…you didn’t seem to have a ‘worry’ gene… you always bounced back with no apparent damage…

    I remember how we played Little League baseball…pick up football at Hall Fletcher…summer camp in Bryson City….basketball with Derrick behind the house on the hill…

    …how can I watch another Carolina sports event without thinking of you?

    …or Thanksgiving or Christmas at the house with the parents?

    …or your late night critiques of the latest movies ….

    …I am grateful that you had the opportunity to have so many friends who you have spoken so fondly of on many occasions….

    …this breaks my heart, Beauty, it really does!


    Your Brother

  3. Uncle Randy,

    You will be missed…by us, and so many others. Especially Dad, since you were so close. I don’t know who he will talk to about Carolina games! I will always think of you when I hear the Beatles’Let It Be’, and ‘Get Back’…you and Dad made sure I had a good musical education!! I am glad you are no longer suffering, but wish that you were still here…cured and healthy! May you rest in peace.

    Love, your’dink’,

  4. You were special and I know the best Fuller Brush Man ever. Will miss your wonderful attitude and great visits. God’s blessings.

  5. We are so sad to hear of Randy’s passing.We have known Randy as our Fuller Brush Man for 35 years and have enjoyed him so much.Randy always had a smile even if the Tar Heels were not doing so well.He was one salesman you didn’t dread comming to your door.We loved him dearly and he will be greatly missed at our house…Ken & mary Jo Jarvis

  6. Randy: You fought a good fight. I will miss you and our talks about Tarheel basketball when you made a Fuller Brush call to my office. Rest in peace, my friend.

  7. So sorry for your loss..Randy lived in the trailer park where my dad lives…may it be a comfort to know that he is not suffering any more though…May God give you the strenght to go through this loss and the memories to substain you…the laughter over take any tears and the smiles remove the frowns…

  8. We are so sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. We’ve known him and called him friend for many years. We shared our latest music finds and will miss his trips to Franklin. Our deepest condolences.

  9. Have fun and enjoy the music. Will miss you and your grasp of sports trivia. God love ya and may you speak with us through the ages. You have made a lot of lives here on earth a bit easier to handle. God bless.

  10. For my brother, The Random Factor:

    No one else was like you…you always were, the name you loved…The Random Factor.

    NO ONE rivaled your knowledge of Tar Heel BB. I believe you could have challenged Roy Williams knowledge. The only ball for you was Carolina Blue-never give Duke a break!

    Your intricate knowledge of rock music was head and shoulders above the rest. You had the music in you brother, from your air broom to your ‘happy feet.’ Always on the cutting edge, you turned me onto the WHO way back when. Over the years you’d introduce me to all kinds of new music. Every new discovery…CD’s in the mail. You loved to share. With me, with your many friends. Your montages were legendary.

    There will never be another one like you, my best buddy, my baby brother.

    Already missing our conversations.

    Tommy C

  11. I met Randy in1989 on a trip withWally Griffin to the Lake Norman area of NC. WE and some other friends camped out on the islands on the lake, almost every year , twice a year we would ‘getaway from it all’. The friendship that followed, with RANDY was one that i’ll always cherish. Bele Chere, Christmas Jam, or just riding on the Parkway were always more enjoyable with him! He also made countless trips to Mooresville, NC to visit myself and family, and ALWAYS brought gifts of hundreds of CDs and of course Fuller brush!!! He was always welcome to stay as long as he wanted. Randy loved to be on the lake, and we fished as much as we could. His love of NC basketball was second to none. I think the happiest I ever saw Randy was at his 50th birthday party. HE HAD THE TIME OF HIS LIFE THAT NIGHT!!! His passing leaves a huge void in my life, I’ll miss my good friend, yet I have countless memories and CDs to always keep him in my thoughts.I LOVE YOU, RANDY.

  12. Randy was so much fun in high school. I remember him well. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to each of his loved ones.

  13. Randy was so much fun in high school. I remember him well. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to each of his loved ones.

  14. My memories are of a young cousin who always tagged along with me, Larry, and Ron. Thank goodness my brother came along so we had someone else to pick on! We all had great times growing up together. Randy, I’ll miss you man. Your cousin David

  15. I am truly sorry for the loss of your love one. Words cannot express the pain and sorrow that you feel. However, please keep in mind God’s promise found in the Bible at Revelation chapter 21, verse 4. It reads: ‘And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.’
    May God comfort you during these difficult times.

  16. So sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. He was my Fuller Brush man for a lot of years. I really liked Randy a lot. He would sit and talk in my office. He had told me about his cancer returning. I had been praying for him. He will be greatly missed.

  17. Randy was such a nice man and a really great salesman for Fuller Brush Company. He came by the restaurant for many years in Maggie Valley and my office in Waynesville NC. He will truly be missed. May God’s blessings be with his family.

  18. So sorry t hear of the loss of a very special friend. He alwasys had a smile on his face even if didn’t buy anything from him he would always take care and see you next trip.We all have loss a very special Man. But now the pain is all gone and he is looking down on his friends and love ones.

  19. I am very sorry to learn of Randy’s passing. What a genuinely nice, happy-go-lucky fellow. I wouldn’t be surprised if he and our old buddy Wally aren’t having a good laugh about right now. RIP my friend.

  20. My wife and I express our sympathy to the Ernst family.All can be proud of his life and courageous fight against cancer. He was a dedicated salesman and we enjoyed buying his products.You couldn’t read his writing,but you knew you would get what you ordered! Most of all he was a friend that we were happy to see. Also being a Carolina fan we had lots to talk about! There was only one Randy. He won’t be replaced. We will miss him.

  21. Randy was a great friend. We will all miss him very much. I went to High School with Randy and enjoyed his visits to our house selling and delivering Fuller products and the “good ole days” conversations we had. I extend my sincere condolences to his family.

  22. We will miss Randy so much.Enjoyed him and his products, and his visits. We talked about a lot of different subjects. He was always so pleasant.Blessings to all the family.

  23. Randy was the best FullerBrush Man ever for many years. I will miss his visits and conversations about everything! He had more friends than anyone. I am thinking of your family at this time. Alice Hoffman

  24. Jean and Family,
    Our heart goes out to you during this time of Randy’s death. He was special to so many people. Us included. May you find comfort in knowing that he is no longer suffering today he has arrived safely in Heaven Having a wonderful time and He sure wishes you were with him. God bless each of you is our prayer.

  25. We will miss Randy–our payers are with his family–we enoyed his friendship over many years.
    His Jarrett House Friends

  26. Larry & I were friends since middle school. We played ball together and I knew Randy & Ronnie & Mr. & Mrs. Ernst from that association. My thoughts and prayers are with you Larry, your mom and Ronnie.May God bless.

  27. I appreciate knowing Randy at UNCA in the early ’70s, with his unique and warm personality. Larry, and the greater Ernst family and friends, I will hold you all deep in my thoughts and feelings.

  28. I will miss Randy. Randy and I met about 18+ years ago, as he was selling Fuller products to the law office I worked at. I continued to be his customer off and on throughout the years and I will truly miss our conversations. He was a great guy and will be missed by me. Again, I am so sorry to hear of his passing.

  29. I was a customer of Randy’s and always looked forward to his visits at The Professional Touch Hair Salon. What a sweet man with an INCREDIBLE work ethic!!!
    I wish your family peace and comfort and I’m sorry for our loss. I will miss his visits!! God Bless your family.

  30. I am just now finding the news of Randy’s passing. Randy was a friend and was always there with my Fuller Brush products (over 30 years). HIs kindness, smiles, spending time talking about the Tarheels and just good times, will not be forgotten. I will never forget Randy and seeing his truck pulling up in front of my house. It was a blessing to know Randy ! God bless your family!

  31. I am just now finding the news of Randy’s passing. Randy was a friend and was always there with my Fuller Brush products (over 30 years). HIs kindness, smiles, spending time talking about the Tarheels and just good times, will not be forgotten. I will never forget Randy and seeing his truck pulling up in front of my house. It was a blessing to know Randy ! God bless your family!

  32. I was thinking about Randy tonite. I used to buy Fuller Brush Products from him when I was working; but, since I retired 8 years ago, I haven’t had contact with him. He used to come by our office. I decided to try to look him up online and am so sad to learn of his passing. I really liked him. He was always so nice, and it was so convenient to get my products from him. My condolences to the whole family. I sure wish I would have looked him up earlier. It would have been nice to speak with him again.

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